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5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth jazz with an edge, 5 Sep 2011
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Bodhi Heeren (Copenhagen) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Viktoria Tolstoy - Letters to Herbie (Audio CD)
The stunningly beautiful and self taught Viktoria Tolstoy is a moving and engaging vokalist in the minefield between jazz and pop. On this album she interprets music either written by or associated with the great Herbie Hancock. In many way a follow-up to her aclaimed take on the music of friend Esbjörn Svensson Shining on You.

Produced by long time collaborator, Mr. Funk himself Nils Landgren, the funkier side of Hancock's music shines through as in the potent take on the opening track from Jaco Pastorius's debut album "Come On, Come Over". landgren has also written the highly infectious title track. Though the emphasis actually is more on jazz ballads letting Viktoria come forth with her genuine and emotional way of singing. In fact she takes more chances than ususal making this perhaps her best album ever. As always the lyrics are intelligent, reflecting mature felings and love with hints of spirituality.

Like one would expect from an ACT release the musicianship is stellar all around with Jakob Karlzon on -obviously Hancock influenced - piano and Krister Johnsson on guitar delivering the short but effective soloes.

If one should turn the music of Hancock into delicious pop-jazz it could hardly have been done better than on this smooth, relaxed and artistic release. An album that grows more profound with each listening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Herbie and ViKtoria are a great combination., 21 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Viktoria Tolstoy - Letters to Herbie (Audio CD)
The stunnningly talented Viktoria Tolstoy performs songs by Herbie Hancock which shows her versatility and her ability to choose great material to interprete.An absolute delight.
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